Diary - March 2013
Bozar, Brussels, until 12 May, www.bozar.be
Working in collaboration with the Palace des Beaux-Arts in Lille, Bozar revisits the great 18th-century French painter. The exhibition examines his works' musical references - which means that assorted musical instruments are on display alongside around 100 paintings, drawings and prints.
Armory Arts Week
New York, 5-10 March, www.armoryartsweek.com
Showcasing modern and contemporary art, the Armory Show is New York's biggest art fair. It's open to the paying public, bar the invites-only opening night. What's more, it brings six days of fringe events, with open studio events, art tours, performances, talks and exhibitions taking place across the city.
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, www.khm.at
One of Europe's most powerful royal dynasties, the Habsburgs were also inveterate collectors - and many of their finds ended up in the Kunstkammer ('cabinet of curiosities'), which reopens this month after a decade of renovations. A collection of priceless objets d'art, natural wonders and outright oddities, the highlight, perhaps, is Benvenuto Cellini's exquisite gold, enamel and ivory Saliera (below), which elevates the humble salt cellar to an art form.
David Bowie Is
V&A, London, 23 March-28 July, www.vam.ac.uk
The iconic musician is given the ultimate accolade: a retrospective at the V&A, exploring his idiosyncratic style and talent for reinvention. Poster designs, cover art, handwritten lyrics, set designs and costumes all feature.
Legacy of the House of Alba
CentroCentro, Madrid, until 31 March, www.centrocentro.org
As one of Spain's most noble families, the House of Alba amassed an extraordinary art collection - and this is a rare chance to glimpse 150 of the finest pieces, including works by Rubens and Goya (above).